The destruction that took place in Hayti, was not unique. Hayti was a microcosm of once thriving Black American communities all over this country that were eventually completely destroyed. Greenwood, a district in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was one of the most successful and wealthiest African American communities in the United States during the early 20th Century. It was also popularly known as America’s “Black Wall Street” until the Race Riot of 1921. *Africville, a Black community was located on the outskirts of Halifax, built by Loyalist descendants, and destroyed for the sake of urban renewal in the late 1960s.
We are hearing from more historic communities around the country that want to tell their story, for their children. These communities were inhabited by people of strong faith who bonded together during adversity and were devastated to see their past history leveled by bulldozers.
We will support and promote sister city initiatives to create on-going:
* Multi-media, educational programs, and communications projects
* Recognition of historic professional, business, arts, sports and cultural achievements and events
We are constantly reminded in schools and by the media that we live in the Digital Age and the Age of Information. It is an age that links what is valued and that is data, minerals, natural resources, know-how and history; culture and progressive thinking. The Internet links resources and commodities from house to house on the Internet and person to person across the globe.
culturalheritagegroup.org, is an Internet-based education, business and cultural project. It reminds an entire community both black and white about the historic values and commodities of the African American community so that all people and especially young people will want to better understand their local heritage and business and cultural commodities.
Progress is driven by stimulating the human spirit and the human mind. When we stimulate a young person to invest in their own communities as volunteers, interns, researchers, and students we change the face of a community. When young people are eager to listen and indeed want to learn from the best teachers, role models and leaders that a community can offer * we change the opportunities of generations all over the U.S.
*From the article Africville: The destruction of a community in the name of urban renewal.
Jesse B., modern history, University of Toronto